This was are part of a list of questions that should be posed to “believers” that I ran across some time ago. I did not think much of it at the time but a thought recently crossed my mind.
The premise of this argument is that prayers “appear” to help people who are sick. A gravely ill person recovers, cancers go into remission, all because of the “power of prayer.” And yet, there has never been a case where an amputated limb spontaneously regenerated upon the amputee and his/her whole family and friends praying for it to happen.
That, in itself, should prove the non-existence of god.
Here is the thing that popped into my head. Starfish, lizards, sea cucumbers, etc. can quite easily regenerate lost body parts. Do they have special access to god? Can they even pray?
How about this? Humans can regenerate; we regrow our lost baby teeth. Children can also regenerate lost fingertips. The human liver can regenerate from as little as only 25% of the tissue. No prayer necessary.
By studying the animals listed above, scientists and doctors hope to someday provide real help to amputees, not just the imaginary kind that comes from prayer. Until then, you can either send your checks to the tv person representing the imaginary god, who will perhaps “answer” all your other prayers, or you can send it to the research centers working on regeneration. If not for yourself, do it for the kids (and grown ups too) who have lost arms and legs in the holy wars. Oh hey, perhaps god likes to take limbs, not give them back.